Purdue Galleries hosts panel talk with space suit designer, artists

Purdue Galleries will host NASA spacesuit designer Amy Ross, visiting assistant professor Jennifer Scheuer, and artists Frances Gallardo and Michael Oatman for a panel talk on the subject “What if artists helped us get to space?”  

Return to EntryThe panel will be hosted by Janna Ahrndt, Purdue graduate student. This panel talk will be held in Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall at 5:30 p.m. April 4, followed by a reception in Ringel Gallery to celebrate the opening of the exhibition “Return to Entry.”

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing and the 150th anniversary of Purdue University, Purdue University Galleries has invited three artists to explore and find inspiration in Purdue’s Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives. Their work, along with archival material from the Neil A. Armstrong collection, will be on display in the Robert L. Ringel Gallery in Stewart Center from March 25-May 11. 

Ross is the head of Advanced Spacesuit Pressure Garment Development at NASA as well as a PurdueAmy Ross University alumna (BSME ’94, MSME ’96). She is currently working on the Z2 space suit, which will be utilized in the Mars missions.

Gallardo received a master of fine arts degree in studio art from Cornell University and a bachelor of fine arts degree in drawing and humanities from the University of Puerto Rico, and has exhibited internationally. Her work can be found online.

Oatman received his bachelor of fine arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and his master of fine arts degree from the University at Albany. He has taught at Harvard, The University of Vermont, Albany St. Michael’s College and Vermont College. He is currently a faculty member in the School of Architecture at Rensselaer. His work can be viewed online.

 Scheuer is a visiting assistant professor at Purdue, teaching printmaking as well as serving as the Foundations Drawing Coordinator. Scheuer received her master of fine arts degree in studio arts, printmaking at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and her bachelor of fine arts degree from Minnesota State University. Her work can be found online

Ringel Gallery is located in the Stewart Center and is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. All Purdue Galleries exhibits and events are free and open to the public. For class and group visits, contact Erika Kvam at Purdue Galleries at 765-494-3061. For more information, visit http://www.purdue.edu/galleries or follow @PurdueGalleries on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

These exhibitions are one of many events celebrating Purdue’s Sesquicentennial, 150 Years of Giant Leaps. The yearlong celebration is highlighting Purdue’s remarkable history of giant leaps, while focusing on what giant leaps Purdue can take to address the world’s problems. The celebration concludes in October with an astronaut reunion. 

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